• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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(randomly selected service providers from all regions)

Dijembe Backpackers Lodge
A comfy, fun spot.
(Stormsriver,Garden Route)

Penthouse on Long Backpackers
A backpackers in the (very large) penthouse - why not?
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Two Oceans Backpackers
A newly renovated Backpackers in the heart of Cape Town!
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Attakwas
This Oudtshoorn lodge has onwers who have an in-depth knowledge of the Little Karoo and offer excellent accommodation.
(Oudtshoorn,Garden Route)

eKasie Backpackers
Immerse yourself in township life...
(Khayalitsha,Cape Town)

Backpackers Base Camp
A homely backpackers hostel near to the beach and other main attractions
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)

Malealea Lodge - Adventure and Pony Trek Centre
Malealea backpackers in Lesotho offers a real African experience, and the opportunity to go pony trekking in Lesotho.
(Bloemfontein,Lesotho)

Induna Adventures
Your one-stop adventure centre...
(Hazyview,Mpumalanga)

Mothers of Creation Rural Homestay Route
Appreciate the beauty of the countryside and get face to face with the locals
(Knysna,Garden Route)

Pemba Dive and Bush Camp
Chill out in your beachfront chalet or sea-view room in this eco-friendly estate in Pemba. A great place to explore the best of Mozambique's coral-rich waters.
(Pemba Mozambique,Mozambique)